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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 11, 2014, 05:48:56 PM
...And IMHO she's a total idiot that shouldn't be in office. ...
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It's easy to say such things. I would always suggest giving people the benefit of the doubt.
In an egalitarian society, the chances would probably be roughly 50/50 that someone elected to public office would have an IQ of less than 100, or more than 100.
More doesn't necessarily mean better. Arguably many people with an apparently low IQ and holding public office would seem to have been able to demonstrate that they could function very responsibly in their roles in society and not seem to behave or think stupidly. However, many with an apparently high IQ would seem to have been able to demonstrate that they can get away with being totally misguided and acting like complete idiots - a classic example possibly being the UK PM Chamberlain in wanting to appease Hitler, but then he died of cancer six months after leaving the premiership, and in my experience people with cancer can start to exhibit muddled thinking some considerable time before their cancer is diagnosed. In other words, people's ability to think straight could be affected by their state of health, just as (say) by their level of alcohol consumption.

From experience, whenever I have seen people behave out of character or irrationally, there has generally been something apparently wrong with them, physically or psychologically. So Senator Diane Feinstein could, for example, actually be ill and unable to reason properly or even reflect on her own past actions sufficiently objectively to be able to be honest and open about this - in which event, she could not be relied upon to be honest/reliable. But this would not necessarily be because she is a bad or stupid person, but possibly because she is or has been unwell.
The other things that give rise to apparent irrationality could typically include, for example, being trapped in a belief in a particular religio-political ideology, or committed to some criminal intent, but I would presume neither of these would apply in Feinstein's case.

Of course, if, despite the above, it turns out that she has in fact always been just a complete idiot, then one would need to examine how her appointment to public office came about in the first place. "You get the government you vote for."

In any event, God spare us from a technocracy or elitist ideology ruling our lives, or an idiocracy...
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 11, 2014, 04:11:27 PM
...When a bad situation becomes so egregious that even the most wilfully blind are forced to see, you know the the danger is both real and present. :tellme
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I would suggest that the more appropriate term for "wilfully blind" should be "wilfully ignorant". There is nothing wrong in being ignorant - we all are, and it's part of what's called "the human condition". The trick is to do something remedial about it, and to develop our reasoning skills so as to search out truth/knowledge. The "wrong" thing is persisting in one's ignorance.
Just because she got knocked off her ass on the road to Damascus and had an epiphany, or something, it does not abrogate her from the responsibility now, as a Senator, for reviewing her past ignorant statements/assertions and coming clean about them. Either she was wilfully ignorant due to a self-inflicted ignorance/stupidity, or because of a concealed political bias/motivation.
If she is unable to be honest and open about this, then she cannot be trusted to be honest/reliable, QED.
103  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY - Image Capture and Upload Program on: March 11, 2014, 03:46:55 PM
I could be wrong, of course, but I had gathered that - post g+ - the Picasa storage was to be or had been merged/aggregated with Google drive. I have assiduously avoided g+ so am probably not in a good position to test this, either way.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What happened? on: March 11, 2014, 03:42:17 PM
That's great news, Curt.  Thanks for letting us know.
^thank YOU, cyberdiva: You were "my girlfriend":
Quote from: Curt's mail to Magix
(I expected your answer to say it would be a matter between me and 01Net, but my girlfriend forced me to write you anyway)
!
I hope you don't mind too much...
Cool
Kiss
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@cyberdiva is a female??   tellme
All along I had imagined it to be most probably a pseudonym for a bearded, sweaty him in tight black leather and rubber accoutrements wearing a Viking helmet, or something. ... another illusion shattered.    Sad
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2014, 05:57:32 AM
Scott Adams Blog: Message to My Government 03/06/2014
Mar 6, 2014

I never felt too violated by the news that my government can snoop on every digital communication and financial transaction I make. Maybe I should have been more bothered, but the snooping wasn't affecting my daily life, and it seemed like it might be useful for fighting terrorism, so I worried about other things instead.

This week, as I was pulling together all of my records to do taxes, I didn't get too upset that the process of taxpaying is unnecessarily frustrating and burdensome. As a citizen, I do what I need to do. I'm a team player.

I have also come to peace with the fact that my government now takes about half of my income. I figure most of it goes to good causes. I'm here to help.

I take pride in the fact that I don't let the little things get to me.

But the other day, as I was crawling my way through mountains of statements and receipts, trying to organize my records for my accountant, with several more days of this drudgery ahead, I had a disturbing thought. I must warn you in advance that this disturbing thought can only be expressed in all capital letters and it must include profanity. It goes like this.

Message to my government:

DO MY FUCKING TAXES FOR ME, YOU ASSHOLES!!! YOU ALREADY KNOW EVERY FUCKING THING I DID THIS YEAR!!!

Seriously.
106  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: March 10, 2014, 05:56:30 PM
...It is a bit of a slow application, that's my only complaint and probably a big reason why I'll always love things like RIghtNote that are just so fast feeling.
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I noticed that it only seems to be slow for me when it is syncing or fetching from the remote server (Cloud), which is presumably located in China somewhere. I wondered whether having a VPN to a node in China might not solve that problem. I might try it and see as an experiment.
The response time will be made up of all the delays in the transaction route from the client device to the Cloud server, and back. That will include all the "hops" and all/any NSA surveillance interrupts.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FREE SAT testing/drilling and solutions (via Khan Academy). on: March 10, 2014, 04:14:09 PM
Yes, I recall the strife my American classmates had with SATs in high school. I reckon this Khan initiative is a superb improvement over the prevailing state of affairs. I am going to get my 12½ y/o daughter to register to access these tests. It should help her with her studies on the 3Rs in NZ.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / FREE SAT testing/drilling and solutions (via Khan Academy). on: March 10, 2014, 01:19:07 AM
Just received this email update from Khan Academy:
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Exciting news: we’re partnering with the College Board so that all students who want to go to college can prepare for the SAT at their own pace, at no cost.

The College Board just announced that they’re redesigning the SAT for 2016, and we’re partnering with them to make free, world-class prep materials. Know anyone preparing for the SAT? Let them know:

or forward them this email

By spring 2015, students will have access to state-of-the-art, interactive learning tools that give them deep practice and help diagnose their gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, students taking the SAT in 2014/15 can start practicing today with hundreds of previously unreleased Math, Reading, and Writing questions from real SATs and more than 200 videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question:

Learn more about our SAT prep: www.khanacademy.org/sat

Our goal is nothing short of leveling the playing field for every student taking the SAT, so please help us reach as many people as possible.

Let's do this!

Elizabeth
Content Lead at Khan Academy

PO Box 1630, Mountain View, CA 94042

P.S. Anyone who needs to prepare for the SAT will be able to do so on Khan Academy for free. If you know anyone thinking about taking the SAT, share the news today.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best (free?) Sandbox? on: March 09, 2014, 06:16:25 PM
^^ Thanks for that further info.
Your previous comment decided me to wait and see if you came up with anything new. Your latest comment decided me that there was probably not much point in my repeating your experience on my laptop systems, so I shall not trial ToolWiz Time Freeze.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best (free?) Sandbox? on: March 07, 2014, 05:42:31 PM
^^ Thanks for the explanation + info. Very interesting.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best (free?) Sandbox? on: March 06, 2014, 07:36:46 PM
@MilesAhead: Where you say:
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"... when next time it comes up the program comes up enabled instead of requiring me to start it."
Could you be more precise please? Which program are you describing?
I am very interested in how you are getting along with ToolWiz Time Freeze. Depending on your experience, I may trial it myself.
112  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review on: March 06, 2014, 04:45:51 PM
Latest version update is FreeFileSync v6.3.
I have made a minor update to the opening post review above.
I have also posted a reference and a link to this review in the user reviews section at http://www.fosshub.com/FreeFileSync.html - it is awaiting moderation.
Still an excellent backup/syncing tool.
When I installed v6.3, the OpenCandy is still there by default in the "Express" install, so make sure you deselect it or select the "Customised" install if you don't want it. The OC method seems annoyingly sneaky.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: March 06, 2014, 04:32:34 PM
@panzer: ^^ Thanks! Another great short video for me to enjoy with my son Brian (age 3½).
EDIT 2014-03-07 1205hrs (NZT): Looks like I downloaded it just in time. The link now says:
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"Mr Hublot Oscar Aw..." This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by MrHUBLOTofficial.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 06, 2014, 04:58:09 AM
Wife problems.

A man received the following text from his neighbor:

"I am so sorry, Bob. I've been riddled with guilt and I have to confess. I have been tapping your wife, day and night when you're not around. In fact, more than you. I'm not getting any at home, but that's no excuse. I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apology with my promise that it won't happen again."

The man, anguished and betrayed, went into his bedroom, grabbed his gun, and without a word, shot his wife and killed her.

A few moments later, a second text came in:'

"Damn auto correct. I meant 'wifi,' not "wife.'
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 05, 2014, 09:07:23 PM
Oh! It doesn't seem to work! Doesn't seem to do anything.
^works fine here. Did you add your Google variant? Mine is https://www.google.dk/*
Firefox > Tools > Addons Manager > User Scripts > hide google ads 1 > Options > User Settings
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I just tried it again with a new search term, and it works fine! I realise now that I had been running the search with the same term before, and I guess the result was being fetched from local cache, rather than making a fresh search. Oops.   embarassed

By the way, the script picks up the settings and doesn't seem to need to be told.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 05, 2014, 04:47:49 PM
To my surprise this works: ...

To my surprise - it didn't!?    tellme
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 05, 2014, 04:46:02 PM
a nifty Firefox extension called UpdateScanner
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Last Update: 2014-02-12.
This project has been taken offline, please contact SourceForge.net Support for assistance.
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Yes, it seems the SourceForge project has been removed - probably to reduce duplication of site maintenance.
I searched and found the link to Firefox add-ons. Is now here: https://addons.mozilla.or...fox/addon/update-scanner/
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 05, 2014, 03:28:10 PM
I like to view links to documents online via Google Docs Viewer.
Having tried out different scripts, there are two that I have kept and found useful:

The two scripts are not identical, but do overlap in function, so I use them both together. Both scripts work fine in Firefox, and seem to work OK if you leave them both switched ON (Enabled), though when I have done that (i.e, left them both ON) and I view a doc in G.Viewer, I sometimes get an obscure message from Google to the effect that "Sorry, we cannot display that. You have exceeded your bandwidth utilisation..." or something. It might be the document size, but I am unsure what causes this, though by trial-and-error I found that switching off one of the scripts for a while seems to (usually) clear the problem, and I re-enable it later.

I have copied below 3 screenshot clips showing how document links look on the webpage, with:
  • 1. Both scripts OFF.
  • 2. only View etc. ON. (Displays a little Google Viewer icon.)
  • 3. only gPDF ON.
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(If you leave both scripts ON, then it looks like the 2nd image - i.e., with the little Google Viewer icon.)

1. Both scripts OFF:

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2. only View etc. ON:

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3. only gPDF ON:

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119  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 05, 2014, 02:33:50 PM
@Curt: Good find.  thumbs up
Those top few ads in Google have long been a nuisance. I once had a script that highlighted those adds (with a red rectangle), but it only worked on google.co.uk (I think, from memory), and ABP can't seem to block just those elements.
I use DuckDuckGo as default tool for searching now (which also collects Google searches), but on the rare occasion that I might want to doublecheck a search on just Google, then I still find those top few ads annoying/distracting, and of no use, so I shall use this script.
Many thanks!

EDIT: Oh! It doesn't seem to work! Doesn't seem to do anything.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: March 05, 2014, 01:19:14 AM
Well, haven't we all - or at least most of us - been subjected to the same thing?
A rhetorical question. I can't speak for anyone else, but in my case, the answer would be "Yes, but no", mainly because I have always resisted attempts to impose that sort of asinine method of motivation on me. It is insidious, self-destructive and corrosive of the human spirit, but probably more importantly, it is guaranteed to adversely affect quality of output of a process (Deming, et al - esp. the experiment with the red and white beads).
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: March 04, 2014, 11:46:52 PM
The fraud was apparently first reported in the journal Nature.
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Over 100 published science journal articles just gibberish
  • ...The fake papers are in the fields of computer science and math...

  • ...This is not the first time nonsense papers have been published. ...

  • ...But how could gibberish end up in respectable science papers? The man who discovered the recent frauds said it showed slipping standards among scientists.
    "High pressure on scientists leads directly to too prolific and less meaningful publications," computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in France, told FoxNews.com.
    But he has no explanation as to why the journals published meaningless papers.
    "They all should have been evaluated by a peer-review process. I've no explanation for them being here. I guess each of them needs an investigation," he said. ...

  • ...The publishers also could not explain it, admitting that the papers “are all nonsense.”...

  • ...Some professors said that pay rules that base professor salaries on the number of papers they publish may lead to fakes.
    “Most schools have merit raise systems of some kind, and a professor’s merit score is affected by his or her success in publishing scholarly papers,” Robert Archibald, a professor of economics at the College of William and Mary, who studies the economics of higher education, told FoxNews.com.
    He noted that because other professors may not read the paper, “publishing a paper that was computer-generated might help with merit pay.”
    Labbé also said that overly numerical measures might encourage fraud.
    “In aiming at measuring science it is perturbing science,” he said.

Looks like this could be an absolutely classic own goal by the moronic academic administrations that subscribe to the outmoded and discarded management practice of making merit pay based on numerical measures. It is well-documented what happens if you do that: you get unintended consequences.
Points 10 and 11 of Deming's 14-point philosophy cover this very well:
  • 10. Eliminate slogans, exhortations and targets for the workforce asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the workforce.

  • 11. (a) Eliminate work standards (quotas) on the factory floor. Substitute leadership.
          (b) Eliminate management by objective. Eliminate management by numbers, numerical goals. Substitute leadership.

Therefore, it is arguably not so much a case of "it showed slipping standards among scientists" as that it showed that the university administration was effectively dictating a lowered standard as being necessary to achieve higher merit pay  - i.e., the more you publish, the more we'll pay you, regardless of the quality.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / UPDATE: Peer Review Game - Over 100 published science journal articles gibberish on: March 04, 2014, 05:34:57 PM
The fraud was apparently first reported in the journal Nature.
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Over 100 published science journal articles just gibberish

By Maxim Lott
Published March 01, 2014
FoxNews.com

Image:fake articles in science journals.jpg

Do scientific papers ever seem like unreadable gibberish to you? Well, sometimes they really are.

Some 120 papers published in established scientific journals over the last few years have been found to be frauds, created by nothing more than an automated word generator that puts random, fancy-sounding words together in plausible sentence structures. As a result they have been pulled from the journals that originally published them.

The fake papers are in the fields of computer science and math and have titles such as “Application and Research of Smalltalk Harnessing Based on Game-Theoretic Symmetries”; “An Evaluation of E-Business with Fin”; and “Simulating Flip-Flop Gates Using Peer-to-Peer Methodologies.” The authors of those papers did not respond to requests for comment from FoxNews.com.

This is not the first time nonsense papers have been published.

In 1996, as a test, a physics professor submitted a fake paper to the philosophy journal Social Text. His paper argued that gravity is “postmodern” because it is “free from any dependence on the concept of objective truth.” Yet it was accepted and published.

But how could gibberish end up in respectable science papers? The man who discovered the recent frauds said it showed slipping standards among scientists.

"High pressure on scientists leads directly to too prolific and less meaningful publications," computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in France, told FoxNews.com.

But he has no explanation as to why the journals published meaningless papers.

"They all should have been evaluated by a peer-review process. I've no explanation for them being here. I guess each of them needs an investigation," he said.

The publishers also could not explain it, admitting that the papers “are all nonsense.”

“We are in the process of investigating… [and] taking the papers down as quickly as possible. A placeholder notice will be put up once the papers have been removed. Since we publish over 2,200 journals and 8,400 books annually, this will take some time,” Eric Merkel-Sobotta, a spokesman for the publisher Springer, which published 16 of the fake papers, told FoxNews.com.

The fraud was first reported in the journal Nature.

Labbé has made it his mission to detect fakes, and ironically has published a paper in a Springer journal about how to automatically detect fake papers. He also built a website that detects whether papers are computer generated.                                                                                     

“Our tools are very efficient to detect SCIgen papers and also to detect duplicates and plagiarisms,” Labbé said. SCIgen is the program that generates random papers.

Some professors said that pay rules that base professor salaries on the number of papers they publish may lead to fakes.

“Most schools have merit raise systems of some kind, and a professor’s merit score is affected by his or her success in publishing scholarly papers,” Robert Archibald, a professor of economics at the College of William and Mary, who studies the economics of higher education, told FoxNews.com.

He noted that because other professors may not read the paper, “publishing a paper that was computer-generated might help with merit pay.”

Labbé also said that overly numerical measures might encourage fraud.

“In aiming at measuring science it is perturbing science,” he said.

The author of this piece, Maxim Lott, can be reached on twitter at @maximlott or at maxim.lott@foxnews.com
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Commenters' Portraits in Notorious Hall of Fame. on: March 04, 2014, 01:12:41 AM
At OutlinerSoftware.com, there is a character going by the name 22111 who is notorious for posting weird/irrational comments. He makes some curious comments. Sometimes they look like they could be interesting, and at other times they seem angry, arrogant, aggressive, or convoluted and nonsensical like stirred spaghetti.
Some people seem to think that he is an infuriating idiot or troll, others that he's a WUM (wind-up merchant). You can see some of his posts (and what people make of him) in this thread: What the he** are "contacts"? Chaos Intellect review - and why that prog, too, seems to be up for the bin - 22111
However, no-one has so far thought he was worth making a portrait of.

But, at ClimateAudit.org, they have another notorious commenter who uses the handle "Nick Stokes". This guy is so good, he is apparently worth making a portrait of - or at least, a caricature. It's rather cleverly done. To fully appreciate the humour, you probably need to read his comments referred to, and then look at the signals and puns in the cartoon (by Josh'14):
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From: Behold, a Gordian - Josh 261
If you read the comment threads at Climate Audit then you will probably be familiar with a character called Nick Stokes who argues the impossible and indefensible with great tenacity. Steve's [the blog owner's] patience with him is exemplary and this thread, in particular, prompted the cartoon.
Cartoons by Josh
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124  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: March 01, 2014, 11:34:08 PM
...'Ah, it has previous versions' I thought. Nope, it's only for VIP. ...
Previous versions seemed to work for me when I had saved a page online and edited it and then wanted to recover an earlier version.
125  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: March 01, 2014, 11:30:12 PM
WizNote blog posts: (translated from Chinese using Google Chrome auto-translate)
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    Users can access the enterprise service management background, into the "service charges" page, select the product package directly to make a purchase.

    Login to know notes        Click here to open Enterprise Services
    We also adjusted the trial version of enterprise service policy experience, if you are currently a trial version of the user experience, from 3 May 1 onwards, your trial period will be adjusted to 30 days, 30 days after the trial expires, you can not add admin team members, but the user data and the client will not be affected .
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I haven't copied these two as they contain images and details that have to go together to make sense.
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